One of the great things about Rising Star is that is not just based around music, but it also supports musicians.. We can have our music featured on the in-game radio. Musicians can be represented their own card, of which they get given one. The latest feature takes this a big step further. You may have been hearing about NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). These are basically like an owner's certificate for some digital content that is stored on a blockchain.The game cards are examples of this. Now you can get them for actual music in the game.
That one in the middle of the second row is mine!
Artists have to pay a fee that will go towards paying people who 'stake' against the track. See the tutorial. You get 25 music NFTs that you can sell at whatever price you want. Around 20k Starbits or 5 HIVE seems a popular price.
The 'records' count as unique cards that affect your ranking in the game. I have sold a few, but also bought most of the others. I hope to see lots more musicians get into this. I have always said that I want to buy stuff with what I make on the Hive ecosystem and preferably without having to convert to fiat. I think this is a significant step in that direction.
As for playing the game I am still doing well. I am 12th in the rankings, but 3rd by number of unique cards thanks to buying songs and crafting. There should be some new cards issued to start next month, so I am saving up for more packs. Most of what I make gets re-invested in the game.
So why not play? It costs nothing to start. Be sure to check out the community on discord.